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Apr 17 2018
New Feature: Filter by Cleaner

| Healthcare

Purchasing new furniture for a healthcare facility comes with many more considerations than furnishing a standard business office. Not only does medical furniture need to look great and feel comfortable, but it must also be able to stand up to the rigorous cleaning regimens that healthcare institutes are required to abide by daily. That's why NBF is proud to offer a new website function that's designed to make the buying process easier for healthcare furniture buyers at the start of their search. Introducing: shop by cleaner.


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Apr 16 2018
How to Buy Cubicles & Panel Systems

| Office Design

Cubicles are hard to buy. A desk is a desk and a chair is a chair, but panel systems come in a huge range of sizes, styles and configurations. How are you supposed to know how many panels you need to make a 6x6 cube? Why should you have to consider every possible accessory and wire management option available? That's exactly what NBF account executives and design services are for, so don't sweat it—we've got you covered.


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Apr 10 2018
What is a Student Makerspace?

| Education

In short, a student makerspace is a classroom in which students with shared interests, particularly in technology, can gather to collaborate on school projects while sharing equipment and ideas. If you're in search of tips and tricks for creating a makerspace in your school, look no further. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you build it out.


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Apr 9 2018
Reliable Water Services

| Office Tours

Industry: Water Equipment Services

Location: Milwaukee, WI

NBF Sales Executive: Anna Reedy

Furniture Collections Used: NBF Signature Series Lancaster, Emery Park Highland, Lesro Contemporary, NBF Signature Series Solutions, Chairs from Eurotech Seating


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Apr 3 2018
Brand Spotlight: Wendover Art Group

| Brand Spotlights, Office Decor & Accessories

At NBF, we know that the artwork and décor in your office is almost as important as the furniture you sit at every day. After all, the art you love is a direct reflection of your personality and life experiences. That’s why we’re proud to introduce our newest supplier of custom artwork, Wendover Art Group.


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Apr 2 2018
Make Way for Millennials: Office Design and its Effect on the Newest Generation of Employees

Ready or not, millennial office employees are here to stay. Gone are the days of satisfying workers with compensation alone. The youngest generation of coworkers set their sights much higher, expecting not only decent pay, but benefits that will improve their overall quality of life both inside and outside of work. Among these—a beautiful office to call home. Here are a few design trends to consider adding to your office to keep millennials interested in your business and working at their full potential.


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Mar 27 2018
Cranberry Psychological Center, Inc.

| Office Tours

Industry: Healthcare

Location: McMurray, PA

NBF Account Executive: Deb McDermott

Furniture Collections Used: Lesro Newport


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Mar 26 2018
5 Things to Consider When Outfitting Your Office with Cubicles

Looking for office cubicles? Whether you're in need of only a few workstations or you need to furnish an entire building, calculating what type of panel systems will fit into the area can be tricky to say the least. Fortunately, National Business Furniture offers complimentary space planning services to make your work easy. Before calling your NBF account executive, gather the following information.


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Mar 20 2018
New vs. Used Cubicles: Which Should I Choose?

| Office Design

Adding cubicles to your office can be quite the chore. One of the common questions business owners ask themselves when it comes time to purchase new workstations is whether to buy new cubicles or go with used panel systems that may be a bit cheaper. Here's why we recommend buying new cubicles for your office.


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Mar 19 2018
5 Steps to Starting an Employee Volunteer Program

| Office Life

Whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, giving back to the local community is essential for building a positive reputation and a name for yourself at the local level. If your 2018 business goals include starting an employee volunteer program at the office, these five simple steps will help get you there.


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Mar 13 2018
Office Tour: Schroeder Industries

| Office Tours

Industry: Private Business

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

NBF Account Executive: Deb McDermott

Furniture Collections Used: DMI Pimlico & Symphony Seating


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Mar 12 2018
Office Design and Its Effect on the Face of Your Business

Having trouble attracting new talent to your business? Looking for ways to improve how candidates, employees and guests perceive your company? Whether you're starting up a new business or want to improve an already established company, the physical appearance of your office may have a greater effect on the face of your business than you once thought.


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Mar 6 2018
Brand Spotlight: InPro

| Brand Spotlights

When it comes to the design of your healthcare facility, every detail matters. For easy-to-install, easy-to-clean and long-lasting privacy curtains, wall guards, safety rails and signage for your healthcare environment, InPro is the expert you can trust.


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Mar 5 2018
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Touchdown

| Collection Spotlights

While formal conference rooms are still a crucial part of modern office design, one of the fastest growing trends in business furniture is the addition of quick and casual "touchdown" meeting spaces in otherwise open concept areas of the office. To accommodate this growing need for comfortable and casual meeting seating, we've added a brand new collection to our best-selling NBF Signature Series line and given it just the right name—Touchdown.


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Feb 27 2018
Office Tour: Argus Community, Inc.

| Office Tours

Industry: Government

Location: Bronx, NY

NBF Sales Executive: Joel Bernstein


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Feb 26 2018
The Complete Guide to Cubicles, Room Dividers & Partitions

| Office Design, Office Desks, Office Organization

Turning a large open space into an office that fosters productivity can be a tall order to fill. How do you know how many cubicles can fit into the space? Are cubicles what you really want, or should you incorporate an open concept design into the office instead? For all your workspace design needs, NBF offers complimentary space planning services to help you determine what type of panel and desking system to add to your office. To get started, consider the different types of panels and dividers available to you.


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Feb 20 2018
Office Tour: City Credit Union

| Office Tours

Industry: Financial

Location: Dallas, TX

NBF Sales Executive: Rusty Jenkins

Furniture Collections Used: National Office Furniture collections, including Epic veneer casegoods, Lavoro task and conference seating, Tag bar stools, Fringe and Grin lounge seating, Acquaint and Davari guest seating, and Farrah benches


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Feb 19 2018
10 Office Design Trends to Use in 2018

| Now Trending

Whether you're moving into a new office building or it's just time for a furniture upgrade, staying on top of the latest and greatest interior design trends will allow you to create the most productive workspace possible for you and your employees. Fortunately, we've done the research for you, and these are the ten trends we see making the most impact in office design for 2018.


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Feb 12 2018
How to Divide Office Space on a Budget

| How To Instructions, Now Trending, Office Design, Problem Solutions

There are tons of benefits to be found in an open concept workspace, from increased collaboration between employees to maximized office space. One major drawback to the layout, however, is the increased level of audible and visual distraction that an open concept creates. Unfortunately, adding cubicles and sound-adsorbing wall tiles to the office can come with a heavy price tag. So how do you divide up an office to create more privacy and less distraction while also staying mindful of your business's budget? Here are some tips to help define your own space.


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Feb 6 2018
New GSA-Approved Office Furniture for 2018

Looking for GSA-approved office furniture for your government office? From the cubicle to the breakroom, outfitting a workspace with furniture that works can be a tall order to fill, even more so when you have strict government rules to follow. Fortunately, NBF holds a GSA contract on hundreds of its best-selling products for every corner of the office. Take a look at some of our newest GSA collection for 2018 below.


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Feb 5 2018
Share the Love & Leave a Review

| Industry News

Good or bad, product reviews are an essential part of the product selection process for National Business Furniture's product experts and of the shopping experience for NBF customers. That's why we encourage all of our customers to leave their honest experiences and opinions in a review after they've had a chance to try out their new furniture.


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Jan 29 2018
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Comfortemp

| Collection Spotlights

Whether it's a cool draft in winter or a blasting air conditioning unit in summer, it's easy to catch a chill at the office year-round. How can you work productively when you can’t even stay comfortable at your desk? Sure, you can put a sweater on, but that doesn’t always do the trick. Some offices allow space heaters, but these can cause power outages if you aren’t careful. Sitting in a cordless heated chair, on the contrary, is safe for an office environment and will keep your whole body warm all day long, allowing you to focus on work. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all the benefits that our exclusive NBF Signature Series Comfortemp heated chair has to offer.


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Jan 23 2018
How to Replace an Office Chair Cylinder

| Furniture Maintenance, How To Instructions, Office Seating

Does your chair sink down throughout the work day? Is it difficult for you to adjust your chair up and down? If you're having these issues, you may need to replace the gas cylinder on your office chair in order to get it to function properly again. Read on to learn how to replace your office chair cylinder....

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Jan 22 2018
Wood Veneer vs. Laminate

| Furniture Materials

What's the difference between veneer and laminate? In short, veneer is a thin layer of real hardwood applied to a less expensive material such as plywood. Laminate is a printed surface made to look like real wood, but usually made of plastic and bonded to a composite base. Debating which option to go with for your new office furniture? Here are some distinguishing features of each to make it easier for you to choose which is best for you and your working needs.


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Jan 16 2018
The Complete Guide to Office Desks

| Office Desks

Despite ever-evolving technology in the workplace, desks are still very much a part of almost every office employee's day-to-day work life. It’s where your computer lives, it’s where you file away your documents and, when it comes down to it, your desk is your home away from home. Whether you’re designing a home office or you need to replace the old desk in your corporate corner office, there’s a lot to choose from, and it can be tough to make a decision. This comprehensive guide to office desks is designed to give you a solid understanding of where to start your search.


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Jan 15 2018
6 Tips for Staying Warm at Work

| 30 Second Office Tips, How To Instructions, Office Life

Always cold at work? When it comes to building temperature, it doesn't seem to matter what time of year it is-- it's always freezing at the office! If you’re finding yourself constantly cold, then chances are high that you’re focused on warming up and not on your work. That’s not good for you, and it’s not good for your company either, but what can you do when you have no control over the thermostat? Here are some ways that you can take matters into your own hands and get a little cozier at your desk.

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Jan 9 2018
New Year, New Healthcare Furniture

| Healthcare

With a new year comes new trends and new technology, and that's true for the healthcare industry, too. From the waiting room to the patient rooms and everything in between, we offer a huge selection of healthcare furniture for the whole building. Here are just a new of our newest healthcare collections for 2018.


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Jan 8 2018
New Year, New Chair

| Now Trending

Whether your old office chair is sinking and falling apart or you just want to make a change, a new office chair can make a huge difference in your workstation. We're constantly adding to our selection of chairs in order to keep up with the latest office design trends and provide something that fits the needs of every person and every office. These are just a few of our newest chairs.


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Jan 3 2018
New Year, New Office

| Now Trending

Every new year brings new emerging trends in interior design. While you may have already started planning a redesign for your home, have you thought about your office? Keeping your workspace on trend will not only make it appealing to guests and visitors, but it can actually make your employees happier and more productive, too. Take a look at some of our newest collections that bring a modern twist to every area of the office.


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Jan 2 2018
NBF Corporate Accounts: A Seamless Tool for Outfitting Your Office

Whether you're in the middle of a major remodel or your business spans across multiple locations, selecting furniture that fits your brand and your budget can cause a lot of frustration. That's why we've developed our new NBF Corporate Accounts to streamline communication and help businesses stay organized when it comes to the buying of new office furniture and décor. We're proud to provide the following services to customers utilizing this exciting new feature.


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Dec 21 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Ascent

| Collection Spotlights

If you've been wanting to add a standing desk to your office without having to toss out your old workstation, there's a solution. The NBF Signature Series Ascent multi-position desktop riser turns nearly any workspace into an instant standing desk, meaning you can finally stay active at work without leaving your desk.


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Dec 18 2017
Chair Ergonomics 101

| Ergonomics

First thing’s first. What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of an individual’s efficiency in his or her working environment. Today, many furniture manufacturers and designers understand that they simply cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach to creating office furniture, especially when it comes to chairs. Because of that, many office chairs include ergonomic adjustments that enable them to be positioned to support a wide range of body types. So what ergonomic adjustments should you look for in your next ergonomic office chair? Read on to find out.

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Dec 13 2017
How to Unwind at Work in 30 Minutes or Less

| Office Life

Are you maximizing your lunch break at work and enjoying it to the fullest? Many of us don’t realize just how important this midday break is for our mental and physical wellbeing, and therefore aren’t utilizing it in the right way. To recharge yourself for what’s left of the afternoon, take these tips for unwinding during your lunch break.


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Dec 12 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Boardwalk

| Collection Spotlights

What's gray and white and has storage all over? Our brand new NBF Signature Series Boardwalk collection, of course! When it comes to office furniture design, we value style and support above all else, which is why we're excited to introduce this modern collection that truly has it all.


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Dec 11 2017
Office Gift Giving Etiquette during the Holidays

| Office Life

First thing’s first: determine whether or not it’s appropriate to give gifts in your office at all. The answer to this question will vary from business to business, so if you’re new ask around and determine whether or not gift giving is the norm. Fellow co-workers will usually be able to fill you in on what types of gifts they usually give and to whom. If you’re having difficulty nailing down that information, a good rule of thumb is to give your boss and any employees working under you a simple holiday card. If your office is the gift-giving kind, follow these rules for proper etiquette.


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Dec 7 2017
Brand Spotlight: Biofit

| Healthcare

Dedicated to design and committed to quality, Biofit designs and manufactures heavy-duty healthcare furniture that won't succumb to wear and tear the way most chairs and stools do. With a wide selection of chair and stool types and upholstery that's built to last, it's no surprise Biofit is a trusted name in the healthcare furniture market.


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Dec 5 2017
5 Reasons Your Furniture Should Be NBF Signature Series

| Now Trending, Office Design

It's not often you'll need to redesign your office, so when you do get the opportunity, it's important to make it matter. According to a recent study, 76% of office workers between the ages of 18 and 34 and 55% between the ages of 35 and 54 say that design and aesthetics influence their impression of a company. Between creating an office that's beautiful, staying within your budget and getting everything done on time, redesigning office interiors can be a lot to take on. That's why we've created an exclusive line of office furniture that can do it all. Here are five reasons you should outfit your office with furniture from the NBF Signature Series collection.


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Dec 4 2017
New Updates on Your Favorite Office Furniture

| Office Design

We're constantly adding new and exciting collections to our growing selection of office furniture. Some collections are so popular, however, that they've been around for years, and for 2017 we felt it was about time they got a makeover. Here are four of our best-selling office furniture collections that received an update this season.


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Dec 1 2017
Why We Work at Concept Seating

| Why We Work

"To know that you're helping somebody and making a difference in their life is pretty important." - Joel Vento, VP Sales & Marketing, Concept Seating


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Nov 29 2017
The Complete Guide to Lamps and Lighting

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Bringing lamps into an office has benefits that you may not expect. Not only can they help illuminate a workspace at an employee’s desk, but they can change the entire face of a room. Lamps come in a huge variety, from those that serve a basic purpose to brighten up a space to those that are true statement pieces, acting as crucial elements of décor that can really set the mood in an office.

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Nov 28 2017
It's a #MerryMakeover!

| Why We Work

Tis the season for giving, and we're doing just that! This year, we're gearing up to give back to our local community in a big way, and we need your help to do it. Vote for the nonprofit you want to win a beautiful new office by voting in the survey below by December 21st, 2017 at 12:00pm CST. On December 22nd, 2017 we'll announce the winner of our second annual #MerryMakeover contest and award that nonprofit $3,000 in brand new office furniture from NBF.


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Nov 27 2017
How to Stay Focused When Working from Home

| Office Life

Working from home is an exciting prospect, and it opens employees up to a sense of freedom that typically isn’t available in a traditional office setting. But if you just started telecommuting after working in an office for a while, it can be quite the adjustment. To learn more about what it’s like to make this adjustment, we interviewed Jen Cable, who recently made the switch from working in a bustling call center to doing her work from the quiet comfort of her own home. These are Jen’s top tips for staying focused and productive while telecommuting.

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Nov 22 2017
The Complete Guide to Waiting Room Seating

| Office Seating, Waiting Rooms

Whether you’re outfitting a small or large waiting room, your choices in reception seating are vast and varied. So where do you begin? This guide to waiting room seating explains your choices in reception seating and will help you decide which options will work the best in your office.

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Nov 21 2017
How to Survive a Noisy Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, How To Instructions, Office Life

No matter if you work in a cubicle farm or an open office workspace, noise distraction is one of the biggest hindrances of productivity that today’s office employees face. Between loud co-workers, noisy printers, an office radio and the occasional cell phone that someone forgot to turn off, there is no limit to the distractions that plague most offices. So what can you do about it? Here are some tips for employees and employers that will help everyone stay better focused and more productive in their day to day work lives.

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Nov 20 2017
Office Design for Startups

| Office Design

Starting up your startup may prove to be one of the most difficult ventures you’ll encounter. There are so many things to consider when getting ready to open for business, and selecting the right office furniture is not usually high on what is probably a very long to-do list. ...

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Nov 15 2017
How to Create a Breakroom Getaway

| Breakrooms, Office Design

In a business that values its employees, a breakroom is so much more than just a place to eat lunch. We’re only human, and working for eight or more hours without taking a break in between is a disaster waiting to happen. Breaks are needed to break up the day and revitalize us so that when we return to our desks we can work effectively and with renewed vigor. So how can you take steps to ensure that your employees have an enjoyable lunchbreak? The right furniture can help.


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Nov 14 2017
Study Hall Fridays: Introducing the Open Concept Workspace into Your Office

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

Whether you're trying to build morale among your employees or generate fresh, new ideas, getting co-workers across different departments together from time to time is the way to do it. Unfortunately, bringing everyone together is easier said than done. Too often co-workers get into the habit of only meeting with the people on their team or those who directly affect their output. To remedy this situation, employees at NBF recently implemented a new program called Study Hall Fridays.


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Nov 13 2017
10 Things You Can Do to Attract and Retain Millennial Talent

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

Millennials are the present and future of business in the United States, currently compromising the largest portion of the American workforce at about one third. While the need for hiring employees between the ages of 18 and 34 is undeniable, employers are finding a noticeable shift in what it takes to not only get millennials through the door, but to keep them working for the business in the long term. Gone are the baby boomer days of sticking with one company for an individual's entire career, but if you want to attract and retain millennial talent for as long as possible, consider these options.


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Nov 9 2017
Exam Room Checklist

| Healthcare

Setting up exam rooms in a new healthcare facility can be a daunting task to say the least. Download our free exam room checklist to make planning easier, and read our tips below to learn more about what type of furniture and accessories are right for your facility.


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